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US Calls on Burma to Stop Violence on Muslims
Thursday, April 17, 2014
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power has urged Burma to intervene in Rakhine State to stop violence between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims. Power's comments followed a briefing to the U.N. Security Council Thursday on the crisis in the country also known as Myanmar. Burma emerged from a half-century of military rule in 2011, but its transition to democracy has been marred by sectarian violence in Rakhine where Rohingya Muslims have fled attacks by the majority... (Full Story)

A Tribute to Karpal Singh
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Email Human Rights Watch mourns the loss of Karpal Singh, a towering fighter for justice and human rights in Malaysia, and in all of Asia. He died in the early morning of April 17, 2014, in an automobile accident as he was traveling between Kuala Lumpur and Penang to attend a court hearing. He was 73 years old. (New York) – Human Rights Watch mourns the loss of Karpal Singh, a towering fighter for justice and human rights in Malaysia, and in all of Asia. He died in the early morning of April 17, 2014, in an automobile accident as he was traveling between Kuala Lumpur and Penang to attend… (Full Story)

South Sudan: Thousands of displaced exposed as rains approach
Thursday, April 17, 2014
AUDIO SLIDE SHOW - Hundreds of thousands of displaced people in South Sudan are living under extremely harsh conditions and the approaching rainy season threatens to worsen their situation. An ICRC media delegate, Marco Yuri Jiménez, has just returned from a mission in South Sudan and describes with anecdotes and photos how the displaced are surviving and what we're doing to help. (Full Story)

Displaced Pour into South Sudan UN Base Amid New Violence
Thursday, April 17, 2014
The number of displaced people seeking refuge at the United Nations Mission compound in the South Sudanese town of Bentiu nearly doubled Thursday as local residents poured into the base after new violence rattled the country. Joe Contreras, the acting spokesperson for the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said there were around 12,000 people sheltering at the base in Bentiu Thursday, compared to around 7,000 last week. The number of people seeking refuge at the U.N. base spiked after... (Full Story)

Zambia Cabinet Minister Faces Inquiry over Alleged Office Abuse
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Zambia’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has launched an investigation into alleged financial malfeasance and abuse of office against Youth and Sports minister Chishimba Kambwili, according to Timothy Moono, spokesperson of the ACC. Kambwili is alleged to have instructed the Youth and Sports ministry to run advertisements in the Times of Zambia and the Daily Mail, both local newspapers, to congratulate him for obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Development Studies at Zambia’s Copperstone... (Full Story)

Nigerian President Holds Emergency Security Talks, Following Attacks
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has held an emergency meeting with his top security officials, in the wake of a string of deadly attacks and the abduction of more than 100 schoolgirls. He also met with some of the state governors on Thursday in the capital, Abuja. The meeting did not include governors from the opposition All Progressive Congress party, although some represent regions hardest hit by the recent unrest.Despite the absences, Akwa Ibom state governor Godswill Akpabio told... (Full Story)

Bird Flu Continues to Spread in N. Korea
Thursday, April 17, 2014
North Korea has reported another outbreak of H5N1 bird flu at a chicken factory in the capital Pyongyang. The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) made the announcement in a report based on data provided by North Korea's Agriculture Ministry. According to the report, birds at a Pyongyang chicken factory began to die on March 27. Earlier this month, the North’s state media reported on an epidemic at a separate chicken factory. The March 21 outbreak resulted in significant... (Full Story)

Concern Over Attacks on Middle East Christians Grows in Washington
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Human rights groups say attacks against Christians in the Middle East have multiplied in the aftermath of the Arab Spring and are triggering an exodus from the region.  And Christian activists in the U.S. say President Barack Obama is not doing enough to prevent it.   Last year, the bloody crackdown on a Muslim Brotherhood protest camp in Cairo drew international condemnation. But less attention was paid to the many Egyptian churches that were attacked in the days that... (Full Story)

Copts in Diaspora Worry About Future in Egypt
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Around 10 percent of Egypt’s population belong to the Coptic faith, making them the largest Christian minority in the Middle East.  But they have become targets of violence since the revolution three years ago. With elections scheduled for May and the struggle between the Egyptian military and Islamists continuing, many Copts abroad are deeply worried about the future of their ancient church. The Coptic faith is reputed to be as old as Christianity itself. And its rituals are as... (Full Story)

Diplomats Announce Deal on Ukraine De-Escalation Plan
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Top diplomats from Ukraine, Russia, the European Union and the United States have agreed on a set of measures to ease mounting tensions in eastern Ukraine.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking Thursday in Geneva, said the measures include disarming pro-Russian militants occupying buildings in eastern Ukraine and the return of the buildings to their legitimate owners.A joint statement from the four powers says amnesty will be granted to protesters who surrender weapons and leave the... (Full Story)

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